Man arrested in car burglary, may be linked to others

Shawn Phillips
Shawn Phillips

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 34-year-old St. Augustine man was arrested in connection with a car burglary Tuesday night, and police are trying to determine if he may have been involved in others in recent weeks.

Police said over the last two or three weeks, there have been several cars broken into along the Anastasia Boulevard corridor.

An officer was watching the rear parking lot of a business at 108 Anastasia Blvd. and saw a Toyota Tacoma matching the description police received from an earlier theft pull into the parking lot.

Police said the passenger got out of the truck and walked the parking lot, then pulled on the door handle of a car he didn't own or have permission to try to open.

Officers arrested Shawn Phillips. The driver of the truck was questioned and released.

Found in the truck were burglary tools, less than 20 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and six narcotic pills.

Phillips was arrested on charges of burglary to a conveyance, possession of dexamphetamine/amphetamine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.

Police said they're continuing to investigate the burglary and other crimes that may be connected.